Joey's World in Rehab: For the Record, Very Real

While Will and Sarah were plotting evil revenge upon Greg; while Kim was crying to her mom about all the "naked whores"; while Brianna was acting so above it all; and while Dave was running around the kitchen covered in nothing but whipped cream... well, Joey was getting reacquainted with music, Mother Nature, and his inner child. Here, Joey fills you in on what was really happening in rehab, where the cameras couldn't roll.


Well all I can say is that rehab was definitely something I needed for a long time. Even though I had been sober (not even one drink) four months prior to coming on the show, I still needed this treatment badly.

Rehab teaches you a lot of things that you may not know about addiction/substance abuse. One of the many things I learned from Dr. Drew Pinsky is that you're most likely already an addict/alcoholic if your mother and/or father are addicts/alcoholics... You might be fine if you never touch any substances, but once you have that first drink, snort, puff, etc. it's like turning on a "light switch" that can never be turned off. Very scary stuff knowing that no matter how long you stay away from substances, you forever and always will be an addict.

I met a lot of really remarkable people while in rehab... people, that for the first time in my life, I felt like I could open up to and be honest with. When you are an alcoholic/addict, it's hard to admit to people on the "Outside" that you have a problem because of how judgmental people can be. Everyone likes to believe that they're perfect and they live inside this perfect little world. But I've said it once and I will say it again -- NOBODY is perfect and everyone has some type of flaw, demon, etc. Maybe not to the degree of me, or maybe worse, but whatever the case, nobody is perfect.

And to me, this is why people who have a problem also have a tough time getting the help they need -- they're too afraid of what others will think and say. However, when you are too far gone and hit rock bottom, you can't help yourself anymore. You need someone there for you so you have the extra power and courage to go forth and get the help you need.

I'm so lucky I had people who helped me get the support I needed.

I gotta say, it was amazing how in rehab my head just cleared up. I started to remember the important things in life, the small things that used to make me happy. For example, I am awestruck by nature -- I love flowers, trees, animals, etc. It really takes me to a happy and serene place. I had forgotten, with the drugs, alcohol and selfishness that controlled my life, how much all that stuff really meant to me and how beautiful it truly was. I even started writing music again while I was there, and took part in a weekly drum class.

The most important thing I think I learned was what to stay away from -- in rehab we call them "Red Flags". The most important red flag for me included staying away from people who use/abuse substances. I changed my number and only gave it out to those who are sober. This has made quite the difference in my life, not only in keeping sober, but having a more postive outlook.

I'm all about the positive now. Positive energy from inside only brings more positive things into your life. A great book that I read, The Secret, taught me a lot about that. It's essential for those who suffer from addiction, anger, etc issues.

Well, that's all for now, you'll see me back on the show soon with a big, "OOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHH YEAHHHHHHHHHH, I'M BACK!!!!"